22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

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22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Bristol
train + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  14​h 30​min
End: Bristol

4
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Get a sense of the local culture at 16th Street Mall and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Do your shopping at Pearl Street Mall and Tattered Cover Bookstore. Step out of Denver to go to Idaho Springs and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip maker app .

Bristol, UK to Denver is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Bristol to Denver. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Pearl Street Mall, River Rafting & Tubing, Historic Olde Town Arvada
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

4
nights
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
For shopping fun, head to Aspen and Evergreen Gallery or Mountain Blown Glass. Take a break from the city and head to Photography Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park), The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Fort Collins). There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary website .

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trail Ridge Road, The Beach at Grand Lake, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Petroglyph Point Hike, then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Durango road trip planning app .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Hanging Lake Trail. For shopping fun, head to Cooper Corner Gallery or Sioux Villa Curio. Step out of Glenwood Springs to go to Rifle and see Rifle Gap State Park, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa and take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs online tour builder .

Drive from Durango to Glenwood Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in August: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Buena Vista River Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): grab your bike and head to St. Mary's Glacier Loop and then trek along White River National Forest.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista sightseeing planner .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Buena Vista hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Colorado
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
White River National Forest ©
White River National Forest

4
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Pikes Peak. Get some cultural insight at National Museum of World War II Aviation and May Natural History Museum of the Tropics. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Garden of the Gods, take an in-depth tour of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, and meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs itinerary planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in September, with highs in Colorado Springs at 30°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
River Rafting & Tubing
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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